Are you part of a music group or band looking for a great place to practice your music out of the earshot of your family or the general community? Maybe you have outgrown your parent’s garage and need something a little more roomy or soundproof? A steel building may be the perfect solution for you then.
Steel buildings are great as music studios because they are both economical and easy to build, with many options for soundproofing. Steel buildings can be added to existing structures our located at a distance from your home or other buildings, like your neighbors’ homes or commercial offices. They come in many different plans and budgets so you are sure to find one that will work for you. Steel buildings are perfect to use as music studios because they have a great deal of interior space and they can be temperature controlled for safe instrument storage. They also allow room for musicians to spread out and they are great for acoustics for recording or live performance purposes.
If you are considering building a steel building for your band or organization, here are some ways you can design yours to be the perfect music studio and avoid any potential problems in the process.
Decide where you should put the steel building
If you live in a medium to large-sized town, you will need to check with local zoning boards to determine if you can build within town limits for a music studio. You may have to stay away from heavily populated areas to reduce noise disturbances. If you have an existing structure that you want to add on to, be sure to get the proper permits before building your new steel building music studio.
The building’s purpose
If you are just adding a space onto your home to become a small recording studio, obviously you won’t need as large of a steel building as you would if you are planning on holding concerts there. You also want to think about how you will access the building, what security needs you may have and what components you will need to ensure it is a climate controlled, sound proof environment. What size air conditioners or heating systems you may need can impact what size building you should build based on cost. Also, do you need to accommodate the general public and if so, what safety issues or accommodations are needed, let’s say for example possible handicapped people?
Additional features of the music studio
A music studio is going to require a lot of soundproofing and airtight recording areas for the best sound quality when using it. You will want to find out about wall coverings or sound barriers that will work within the structure of the steel building. Keep in mind that the walls of the steel building are thin enough that sound will bounce off the interior, but it will also pass through if you do not insulate it enough. There are many choices when it comes …
Even though so much of today's furniture is made from plastic, there is something about wooden dolls house furniture that adds an air of realism. The warm hues of natural woods create an inviting, homelike atmosphere better than resin or plastic ever could. If you are creating a miniature home as a collector's item, wooden furniture is a must for adding value and an antique appearance.
One of the most important aspects of realistic wooden scale-model furniture is the wood it's made from. Hardwoods are generally more durable, more richly colored, and less likely to splinter than softwoods. Quality wood furniture may not be cheap, but the mini variety is a lot more affordable than its life-sized counterpart. If you're designing a dolls house you hope will last several generations, these woods are well worth the investment. Some of the most popular high quality hardwoods for miniature home furniture are:
As nice as quality woods are, they are just not practical in every situation. A prime example is when you are choosing furniture a small child will handle. No matter what, those charming little tables and chairs are going to get scratched, dented, stained or lost under the fridge. Safety is also more of a concern.
In this case, cheap yet sturdy maple furniture is your best option. Maple comes with an attractive tan color and smooth finish that's gentle on little fingers. Obeche wood is also popular among craftspeople who create miniature furniture. This wood can be dyed to imitate other woods and is generally free of splinters. Pine is another good option, although it tends to splinter more easily than hardwood.
Attention to Detail
Quality craftsmanship is critical for both durability and a realistic appearance. Minimalist furniture designed for young children can still look all right even when mass produced. If fact, that's part of what keeps the price down.
Detailed-rich hardwood furniture, on the other hand, looks best when handmade. If you're a stickler for detail, you can buy a dolls house furniture kit and do the job yourself. Otherwise, look around for miniature home artisans who handiwork appeals to you. Naturally, artisan furniture is little pricier, but worth it if you're creating an heirloom piece.
Planning by Furniture Period
Wooden scale-model furniture is designed in American Colonial, Victorian, Edwardian, contemporary and a number of other period styles. While it's not an absolute must, using one style through the house gives you a better chance of achieving a realistic look. If that sounds a bit too restrictive, try choosing a style for each room or section of the house. An eclectic mix can also work well, but plan your purchases carefully so you do not end up pieces that clash.
Detailed, scale-model furniture is what really makes a dolls house look like a true miniature home. Genuine wood furniture adds and even greater feeling of homeliness. So, before you buy, take a little time to shop around and find …